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Postgraduate course

Human Vaccinology

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeHUVIR320
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring and autumn 2021

Place of Instruction

Lab.building, BB-building & Haukeland University Hospital.

Objectives and Content

The course covers an overview of the challenges of vaccination, immunological basis of vaccination, clinical evaluation of vaccines, specific examples of vaccines and challenges for future vaccines (including emerging pathogens, TB and HIV).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course: The students should have knowledge of:

how vaccines work including immunologically and epidemiologically

the different types of vaccines and guidelines for current vaccination practices

understand the historical background of the most important vaccines.

the rules and regulations for testing new vaccines and key developmental stages such as pre-clinical and clinical (Phase I-IV) vaccine trials

understand the challenges in the development of new vaccines

The students should have developed skills to be able to

critically discuss the advantages and disadvantages of current vaccines

explain the challenges in development, clinical testing and approval of new vaccines

discuss key literature in vaccinology

The students should have developed general competence and be able to

comprehend the background for the use of current vaccines and reflect upon the challenges and opportunities of new vaccine strategies

know the ethics surrounding the use of vaccines and be able to weigh the benefits (e.g. protection) against the potential disadvantages (side effects) of vaccination.

critically assess vaccination programmes, including long-term population effects and the importance of vaccination coverage.

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum of a B.Sc. in a relevant subject is generally a prerequisite for enrolment on the course

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Combination of lectures and presentations of specific vaccines by students attending the course

Lectures (10 lectures, each of which is 2 hours long)

Summary and discussion session (1 session - 2 hours long)

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

All lectures are obligatory,

Forms of Assessment

Written exam (3 hours) when there are 15 or more students.

Students will present two lectures on vaccines of their choice and write a summary of the vaccine followed by an oral examination.

Grading Scale

Pass / Failed.

Reading List

The syllabus will be covered by lectures and text book:

Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

The Pink Book: Course Textbook - 13th Edition (2015)



Course Coordinator: Rebecca Jane Cox Brokstad.

E-mail: rebecca.cox@uib.no Phone: 55 97 46 68.

Adm. e-mail: studie@kliniskmedisin.uib.no

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